Tormented by an unknown fear and disturbing nightmares, landscape architect Tessa Young is prickly, temperamental and socially difficult. Former colleague, Smith Chandler needs her expertise in creating labyrinths if he is to further his career and Smith is willing to walk on eggshells if it means Tessa will sign on.
Tessa can’t resist the spiritual pull she feels towards uncovering Smith’s labyrinth despite acknowledging facing the man who shattered her heart could lead to another emotional breakdown. With her psychiatrist on speed dial Tessa, prays she can find closure by dealing with Smith and erase the emotional damage her wrought on her heart six years earlier.
On the labyrinth site, Tessa senses danger but her ability to discern between her dreams and reality falters as her psyche takes a battering she may not recover from.
Kristen Heitzmann is a favourite of mine due to her ability to tap into the complexities of the human heart often through her emotionally challenged characters. Tessa Young is no exception and may be Kristen’s most broken character yet. English Smith Chandler and his friend Bair are well developed and Kristen uses the British vernacular well. While at times I struggled with the slow pacing of the story, there is an appropriate Gothic feel and fascinating insight into traditional labyrinths and the spiritual intentions of their creators. While character driven, there is enough suspense to keep you turning the pages and although the tidy ending was a little frustrating given the deep emotional trauma suffered by a number of the characters, The Edge of Recall is well worth reading.
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